Free Game of the Year
(no really, this game is fun, you should play it)
Atlantica is a free online game set on an alternative version of planet earth where practically every myth is reality. You, the player, are from Atlantis and this gives you some very special gifts and the power to form a group of mercenaries and go around the world beating all sorts of mythical beasts and other players to smithereens one turn at a time.
Yes, this game offers turn based combat. This is done in roughly the same way as Final Fantasy in that you run around in real time until you attack a mob. Then you move to a battle ground where both groups are lined up against each other in a 3x3 square with every character takes up one square. Based on whether you attacked the mob or the other way around it is determined who goes first. Character speed determines when a character can act. All characters have skills unique to their class, like buffs/debuffs/heals/damage and if you combine the skills of the right characters you can create combo attacks.
Your main character as well as up to 8 mercenaries can all individually level up to lv99, can learn new skills, upgrade existing skills, equip 9 to 12 items that can also be upgraded by combining to items of the same level. There are dozens of classes so you will have to decide on who you want to have in your party as well. Combine this with the fact that you can decide on the formation of your party and you've got so much tweaking options that it will give every Diablo 2 player a raging boner.
Massive....multiplayer and I guess it's online too
every server has hundreds of active players at all times, they are mostly banded in guilds and parties at all times, because this gives huge bonuses you don't want to miss. There are PvP tournaments every few hours and all sorts of other PvP events throughout the day.
If you are playing chances are you are teamed up with a friend/stranger for an exp bonus or to tackle bosses in one of the many dungeons. If you get tired of said players you can also beat a few of them in the PvP tournaments or guild wars for huge monetary rewards.
At the moment the game has 4 servers that are all equally full, because of the TBS thing lag isn't really a problem, so that's nice.
Guilds can control towns which net them a lot of money and other perks.
Anyone can start a guild, but it takes some effort and money to keep it alive, you need to log in at least once ever 5 days, need to pay a guild fee and if you want to have more than 5 members you need to pay more and more money. Eventually you can upgrade your guild to take over a town, but that is mostly end-game material.
You learn any or all of the dozens of trade skills from either travelling crafters (all famous people) for a 10k fee or for free from player artisans. Look under Community-->artisan for lists. Crafting is costly and time-consuming, you need a lot of mats and you need to fight battles to craft.
All towns have a linked marketplace, certain items are offered against fixed prices which players usually undercut, but the more fancy items are completely elastic. You can also trade with other players without the marketplace, which would save you a n% listing fee.
Shamelessly stolen from the previous thread
Videos of an old Korean build
This game contains no Engrish, it has been translated almost perfectly.
Money money money
This game lives on its Cash Shop, but you won't need to buy anything until you're well into level 100, before that it's a pretty smooth sailing. For as far as cash shops go this one isn't that bad.
Yes, that's bloody 10GB.
Picking your character
You can alter the looks of you character and chose between gender. Then you pick your weapon of choice which will determine what skills you will have access to in-game. You can only use your weapon type, so chose wisely! Here is a flash intro of all weapons: http://atlantica.ndoorsgames.com/center/guide/character.asp
Picking your mercenaries
You start off with 2 mercenaries, but you quickly get more. They fulfil all sorts of roles and there dozens of them and they can all be upgraded using special crystals. See here for an introduction to all mercenaries: http://atlantica.ndoorsgames.com/center/guide/character.asp
Who is playing?
Most of us are on Thebes, there's a few guys who posted in the thread, but I recommend you find a guild that has already been established.
I have a question about ---
Did you check the huge ingame help database? It is the size of an article about Star Wars.. If that doesn't solve it, Poshniallo found a wiki with quest info.
I can't do X, it says I need more Will!
You get more Will by just being online
I fucking hate Korea!
Ok...go write a blog about it.
That's a lot of grinding.
Ah! But combat is actually fun, so it's not that bad. It's like complaining about how it is such a grind to impregnate your woman. You are having sex, stop complaining.